Chobe National Park is the second largest park in Botswana and covers an area of 10566 square kilometres. With areas of marshland, flood plains, savannah, grasslands, woodland and two rivers, the park is really diverse. The San bushmen originally inhabited the park and hunted throughout the area. In 1932 a non-hunting area was set up and eventually in 1957, Chobe became the first National Park in Botswana.
Chobe is known for its elephant population, with some 120,000 elephants based in the park. They tend to be particularly large but their ivory is brittle, so will only have short tusks. Damage by elephants is rife and due to the high numbers, culls have been considered but so far have not taken place. As well as elephant, an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala, sable, wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, warthogs, eland, lion and hyena can be seen, and if you are very lucky, cheetah and leopard.
The rainy season runs from November to March with a peak during January and February. These are the warmest months, with abundant grazing, many animals giving birth and stunning wild.
The dry seasons runs from May to October, predominantly dry and as the water dries up inland, animals congregate in huge numbers along the river. Due to the huge numbers of game close to the river, game viewing is at a peak during this time, with October being the best month (also the busiest and hottest).
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